CLEVELAND, Ohio – Some restaurant chains pledge to eliminate the use of PFAS chemicals by 2025, and half of women will get at least one false positive mammogram over a decade of screenings, a new study suggests.
Cleveland.com is rounding up some of the most notable local and national health news making headlines online. Here’s what you need to know for Tuesday, March 29.
Restaurant chains pledge to eliminate PFAS chemicals by 2025
Some of the country’s major restaurant chains recently announced plans to phase out the use of PFAS chemicals in food packaging worldwide by 2025, news reports said.
Restaurant Brands International, which owns Burger King, Tim Hortons and Popeyes, announced plans late Wednesday to phase out these chemicals in its food packaging worldwide by 2025. Chick-fil-A committed to phase out these chemicals in packaging by the end of summer.
The moves are in response to a recent Consumer Reports investigation that found toxic chemicals – that can remain in the body for years – in food wrappers and packaging from chain restaurants and grocery stores that were tested.
Chemicals called PFAS, short for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are sometimes called “forever chemicals” because they resist breaking down naturally in the environment, news reports said.
Half of women will get at least one false positive mammogram over decade of screenings
Half of all women will experience at least one false positive mammogram over a decade of annual breast cancer screenings using 3D mammography, suggests a study by UC Davis Health.
A false positive is when a mammogram is flagged as abnormal, but there is no cancer in the breast. False positive results are common. While around 12% of 2D screening mammograms are recalled for more testing, only 4.4% of those recalls, or 0.5% overall, conclude with a cancer diagnosis.
Repeated breast cancer screening with 3D mammography only modestly decreases the chance of having a false positive result, compared with the standard digital 2D mammography, researchers found.
Other factors more strongly linked to a lower false positive risk included screening every other year and having non-dense breasts. Older women were also less likely to have a false positive result.
JAMA Network Open recently published the study.
Some vaping products gain FDA authorization
The US Food and Drug Administration recently authorized several tobacco-flavored vaping products made by the company Logic, and expects to announce soon whether other big-name brands can continue selling their products in the United States.
The FDA has not ruled on products from Juul Labs, which controls 42% of the electronic cigarette market.
“We know that there is a demand among adult smokes to use e-cigarette products to try to switch from more harmful combusted cigarettes, but millions of youth are using these products and getting addicted to nicotine” FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf said in a news release. “The balance of these issues was considered by the agency’s career scientists when evaluating the potential marketing of e-cigarette products.”
The FDA’s critics pointed out that the agency is long past a court-ordered deadline to decide which e-cigarettes, including those that may appeal to young people, can stay on store shelves.
NEOMED Health Care open to public
Northeast Ohio Medical University’s NEOMED Health Care facility in Rootstown is now open to the public and university employees, the university said recently. Previously, the facility was open to students only.
NEOMED Health Care provides a full range of primary care services, including wellness visits, sports physicals, wound care, women’s health services and more.
In-person and telehealth appointments are available.
NEOMED Health Care is located on the second floor of the NEW Center, 4211 Ohio 44, Rootstown.
To schedule an appointment, call 330-325-3202. For more information, visit health-care.neomed.edu.
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